Punishment? Biden’s DHS to release more than 25,000 immigrants into U.S. interior – many into Texas

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– After Biden signed an executive order that halted all construction of the border wall at the United States-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would begin processing and admitting at least 25,000 immigrants on February 19th. 

Internal communications that Breitbart News has reviewed ultimately revealed that DHS plans to release the immigrants in San Diego, CA; El Paso, TX; and Brownsville, TX, which are all locations that the Biden administration reportedly refused to divulge to the Associated Press (AP) when asked. 

According to the AP, the Biden administration announced its plans for tens of thousands of people who are seeking asylum and have been forced to wait in Mexico under the former President Trump administration, will be allowed into the U.S. while their cases travel through immigration courts. Authorities said:

“The first wave of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers with active cases in the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program will be allowed into the United States on Feb. 19.”

They plan to start slow, with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer numbers. In San Diego, DHS plans to process and release 300 immigrants a day within two weeks of February 19th and the same will be done in El Paso.

In Brownsville, DHS will process and release no more than 100 immigrants a day. In a news release, DHS officials said that the immigrants will be “tested for COVID-19 before entering.”

However, the U.S. Internal Communications at DHS does not mention plans to require COVID-19 tests for immigrants.

On Biden’s first day in office, DHS suspended the policy for new arrivals. Since then, some asylum-seekers picked up at the border have been released in the U.S. with notices to appear in court.

Administration officials said that asylum-seekers will be released with notices to appear in court in cities close to or in their final destinations, typically with family.

A source close to the matter told Breitbart News that the order to release “Remain in Mexico” immigrants into the U.S. interior came from top officials at DHS, mainly deputies of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and the White House.

As recently reported, the Biden administration has surged the release of border crossers into the U.S. interior since restarting the Catch and Release program. In the first 10 days of February, DHS released at least 2,000 border crossers into the country.

For comparison, in December 2020, before “Remain in Mexico” was ended, DHS had released just 11 border crossers. The “Remain in Mexico” releases will come as more people are getting stopped crossing the border illegally since Biden took office, challenging the administration in its early days.

Raul Ortiz, deputy chief of the Border Patrol said that more than 3,000 people had been stopped in each of the previous 10 days, compared with a daily average of 2,426 in January 2021.

Since January 27th, about 50 to 80 adults and children have been arriving on a daily basis at Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, which temporarily houses people released by the Border Patrol. 

The group’s executive director, Sister Norma Pimentel, said that the charity tests for COVID-19 and sends anyone who tests positive to a hotel for isolation. Jewish Family Service of San Diego housed 191 asylum-seekers the first 10 days of February after they were released.

This number was up from 144 in January and 54 in December. They are quarantined in hotels for 10 days. Federal immigration agents have also had to deal with an influx of Haitian illegal immigrants after DHS canceled deportation flights.

Breitbart News exclusively reported on that incident, which has crowded federal facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents are being ordered to release the illegal immigrants into local communities. 

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Sheriff: Illegal immigrants being released into US without virus tests under Biden’s Catch-and-Release policy

February 10th, 2021

JACKSON COUNTY, TX – A Texas sheriff confirmed that illegal immigrants detained by ICE are being released into the country without COVID-19 testing, claiming a recent memo issued by Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske was a move to “defund ICE by memo.”

The comments were made during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson Monday night.

Jackson County Sheriff A.J. Louderback responded to a question by Carlson asking if reports that illegal immigrants in Texas were being released with coronavirus testing. Louderback responded:

“It’s absolutely true, absolutely true. It’s even — if I could continue, Tucker, the memo that I received this last week, it’s essentially a defund ICE by memo, by memorandum that was sent out by David Pekoske on January 20 of ’21.

“So, this is a particularly devastating document for Texans and Americans here in the United States. The message really has been sent, when I read it first and looked at it, it’s a message to the world, you can come here illegally, you can commit crimes here against Americans, and remain here illegally.”

The sheriff also said that the Biden administration was in too much of a hurry to open the borders, and did not take the safety of Americans into consideration:

“It (testing) was not a forgotten item. I don’t know, but in their haste to open the border for everyone, something that I expected to some degree, we walked this path from 2008 to 2016, this program that they released by memorandum overlooked the coronavirus.”

Sheriff Louderback blasted the administration for creating a dangerous situation. He said the memo created a “lawless situation” that would “get people injured (and) killed.” He said President Biden’s immigration policy will cause “irreparable harm”:

“Every peace officer in the United States should be extremely concerned about the attitude, the complete lawlessness, the abject removal of law. The nullification of law here going on.

“The public has no idea the strength of a memorandum that’s been filed here in the United States by the administration.”

The sheriff explained that immigration enforcement officials and ICE officers were handcuffed by the memo, and local law enforcement does not have the federal jurisdiction to enforce immigration laws.

The sheriff thanked Carlson for allowing him to use his program to warn the public:

“To get the word out and spread what’s happening right before our very eyes of what this administration is doing.”

The memorandum, issued by Pekoske, on Inauguration Day, directs United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) to pause enforcement actions for 100 days unless the illegal immigrant is a national security threat, an “aggravated felon,” or was not inside the country before November 1, 2020.

The memo states:

“These priorities shall apply not only to the decision to issue, serve, file, or cancel a Notice to Appear, but also to a broad range of other discretionary enforcement decisions, including deciding whom to stop, question, and arrest; whom to detain or release; whether to settle, dismiss, appeal, or join in a motion on a case; and whether to grant deferred action or parole.”

Brownsville, a city in southern Texas, has decided to take unilateral action by testing illegal immigrants as they are released by USCBP.  The city received 10,000 COVID-19 test kits from the State of Texas and is testing the immigrants at the bus station as they are released by federal authorities.

Brownsville joins the Texas city of McAllen, which started testing immigrants who were caught and released by the Border Patrol at the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Center last week.

State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa told Border Report that the actions by Brownsville and McAllen were not happening in other border towns. He criticized the administration’s catch and release policy:

“(Border Patrol agents) were just dropping them off at the bus station without testing them. Obviously, that’s very alarming to all of us in that they’re coming from Central America and through Mexico and to be released into the United States without being tested for COVID is really unconscionable.”

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Report: Illegal immigrants pouring into the United States under Biden’s ‘Catch and Release’ policy

February 6, 2021

UNITED STATES – In a stark turnaround from the Trump Administration’s hardline immigration policies, the Biden Administration has re-instituted the “Catch and Release” policy that dominated the Obama White House.

The reversal comes as a surge in illegal southern border crossings is overwhelming ICE detention facilities.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reimplementing an Obama-era policy of releasing newly apprehended migrants back into U.S. cities. CBP blames a rising number of apprehended migrants and pandemic concerns at detention facilities.

 The border rush is in part a response to President Biden’s promise of a path to citizenship and his recent executive orders limiting enforcement against illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, Biden signed another executive order ending Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy on prosecuting illegal border crossings.

Under President Biden’s immigration policy, CBP is only permitted to hold an illegal immigrant caught crossing the border for up to 72 hours before they must be released.

After signing the order, President Biden told reporters:

“The last president of the United States issued executive orders I felt were very counterproductive to our security, counterproductive to who we are as a country, particularly in the area of immigration.

“We’re going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally — not figuratively — ripped children from the arms of their families, mothers, and fathers at the border, and with no plan, none whatsoever to reunify children.”

Just after taking the oath of office on January 20, President Biden promised amnesty to all migrants living inside the United States before January 1. 

The Coronavirus pandemic has also hampered the CBP’s ability to transport and house detained migrants just as a spike in border crossings is happening.

Some of the migrants now arriving at the border have expressed hope for a more welcoming arrival under the Biden administration as a reason for making the journey north.

CBP Public Affairs Officer Rod Kis said that balancing the pandemic, President Biden’s new policies, and the rush of illegal immigrants at the border is creating a situation where some illegal immigrants must be released into the United States. He said:

“CBP has seen a steady increase in border encounters since April 2020, which, aggravated by COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, has caused some facilities to reach maximum safe holding capacity.

“Per longstanding practice, when long-term holding solutions aren’t possible, some migrants will be processed for removal, provided a Notice to Appear, and released into the U.S. to await a future immigration hearing.

“As the Administration reviews the current immigration process, balancing it against the ongoing pandemic, we will continue to use all current authorities to avoid keeping individuals in a congregate setting for any length of time.”

 

 

 

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